FBI HQ: Loudoun Has the Workforce the Bureau Needs

By: Susan VanEpps

In the 2010 special investigation “Top Secret America” by the Washington Post, two years of study and analysis revealed what Loudoun insiders already know: this county is a hub for highly skilled employees with the security clearance levels required by the FBI.

The study showed that fully a third of the nation’s contractors for the most sensitive projects affecting national security – those rated top-secret – are headquartered in Virginia. Of those, more than 50 firms are headquartered in Loudoun.

“The greater Washington area has always been the dominant market for security clearance hiring, due to the sheer volume of positions which require some level of clearance,” said Evan Lesser, managing director of ClearanceJobs.com. “That demand rises in industries such as cyber security, which has seen massive growth and requires a high level of expertise, as well as a high-level clearance.”

Cyber security is just one area where Loudoun, the recognized center of D.C.’s technology corridor, exhibits strength. Whether it’s building secure hardware and software systems or mining data from around the world, Loudoun’s cluster of high-tech companies has it covered.

Loudoun is also home to hundreds of additional federal contracting companies working on other classified government projects, and multiple branches of government intelligence and defense agencies. These organizations take advantage of Loudoun’s highly educated residents as a vital source for the most critical employment assignments.

Loudoun’s deep bench of residents who already have security clearances, along with years of experience and expertise, are just more reasons why the FBI should locate its new world headquarters in Loudoun County, Virginia.